“The unveiling of God’s glory cannot be separated from the execution of His justice. They are one and the same”—from today’s post.
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Vision—“What Have You Done to My Child?”
Yesterday was the first “beach day” of our brief respite in California. A great adventure to the legendary Newport Beach! Yet as much as I tried to enjoy the sun and the thunder of the Pacific waves, my spirit was grieving. I “felt” it deep on the inside, and so did Jolene. None of our reliable standbys—joking, walking, sharing a meal—brought relief.
By far the most tangible reason was yesterday’s Supreme Court verdict regarding abortion. The ruling struck down Texas laws which simply mandated that abortion clinics conform to similar health standards as hospitals. The fact that these standards forced so many clinics to shut down merely indicates the substandard “care” vulnerable mothers actually receive.
But even more tragic was the firm resolve of our Nation’s highest Court to perpetuate Roe v Wade instead of dethroning the practice which is so abhorrent to the Lord.
The 5-3 verdict seemed very artificial. Almost as if it were framed to convey the unimportance of Justice Scalia’s missing vote after the pro-life judge conveniently and mysteriously passed just a week before the Court reviewed the case. Suspicion unwarranted, his vote wouldn’t have counted anyway.
But the source of grief transcended my understanding. It was an identification with God’s Spirit. And it was unshakeable.
Vision—“What Have You Done to My Child?”
Ministering in Hollywood Sunday was an honor, but it was quite intense spiritually. While praying I had a vision. I saw what looked to be a framed vertical painting hanging on a wall. The frame and wall were both light gray, almost white.
And the painting was actually a window to the Throne! The Lord Jesus Christ stood before me, dressed in a white robe, His countenance marked by fierce intention. His hands were placed protectively around the face of a young boy with blond hair and blue eyes. I saw that this young child, probably 5 or 6, looked angry, confused and ashamed.
Then the Lord leaned forward over this child, seemingly out of the picture frame. His fierce eyes flickered through me and far beyond me at the same time. Like He was looking through every hidden wall of Hollywood, and all of the Nation, all at once.
He then spoke. Thundered. Confronted, like a fiercely protective father who was about to take down an abuser. “What have you done to My child?”
The vision was so brief—almost a flicker—that I initially dismissed it as a byproduct of my imagination. A subtle rolling thought in visual form. It was Hollywood after all.
Hollywood, a national and global seat of media. Throughout the morning yesterday as I prayed, this vision kept coming back to me. I saw how Jesus’ hands were tenderly cradling the head of this child. As if to protect him from the evil that could shape his mind and access his heart.
I recalled Hollywood landmarks pointed out to me by Pastor Jonathan. A legendary club that actually spread death metal across the nation. Just down from the epicenter of the LGBT movement. Across the street was the dilapidated Hustler Club, recently shut down and now thankfully sold.
Jonathan and Sharon shared with us that their own prayer center was once used as a production studio for pornography. How profound is Christ’s redemption in the land! I am so grateful for their work.
That said, all yesterday morning the phrase kept rolling through my spirit. “What have you done to my child?” I felt just a little of the immense grief and anger felt by our Father when any of His children, whatever age, are unjustly treated or abused.
Each person on this planet is ultimately a child of God. And He is the author of ultimate justice. Abusers and sell-outs might evade man’s justice on this earth, but you cannot evade the justice of God. Your well-guarded status will by no means protect you from either the heart of God’s justice or the reach of His discipline. Jesus warned:
And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
“Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!
“If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire. If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell…” (Luke 18:1-8).
The Supreme Court Verdict
My sense of grief intensified greatly as the Supreme Court verdict was announced. Not that the decision itself was any surprise, especially in the aftermath of Justice Scalia’s passing just a week before the case was to be reviewed. Most knew then what was coming—and grieved.
But somehow my lack of surprise did not stop the Lord from conveying to Jolene and me His grief over this decision. If I can be honest, it was literally a satanic decision. And with all due respect, the blood of the innocents is on the hands of the officials who promoted the verdict, and the Justices who rendered the decision.
The Unveiling of God’s Glory
“What have you done to my child?” Though praying for mercy from LA to DC, I knew the Lord was about to confront the abuse both within this “City of Angels” and the “District of Christ” in a significant way. As Jolene likes to put it, undeniably Jesus.
Lamplighter family, you might wonder what this has to do with the Glory Train. Everything. We have emphasized from the beginning that the Glory Train is a freedom movement which confronts injustice.
You know, when a train rolls down the tracks you can feel the rumbling in the earth. That’s how it is with God’s glory train too. Isaiah saw it in the days of governmental upheaval pictured in Isaiah 6. God’s glory was unveiled to the prophet, and “the thresholds shook at the voice of him who cried.”
What’s the lesson here? The unveiling of God’s glory cannot be separated from the execution of His justice. They are one and the same. And across the nation, His unstoppable glory train is truly on the move.